Shakhtyor

Founded In
1963
Location
Salihorsk (Soligorsk), Belarus

Shakhtyor

About Shakhtyor

Football Club Shakhtyor Soligorsk, often referred to more simply as Shakhtyor, was initially established in the city of Salihorsk back in 1961. The team, who have picked up several nicknames, including the Miners and the Moles, have established theselves as one of the top sides in the Belarusian Premier League and have been able to challenge for major honours on a regular basis since the turn of the 21st century.

In 1971, ten years after the club's foundation, Shakhtyor merged with two smaller teams from the city, Khimik and Gornyak. In 1992, the team became a founding member of the Belarusian Premier League, where they have remained ever since. In 2001, Belarus topped the FIFA Fair Play rankings and Shakhtyor Soligorsk were declared the winners of that year's UEFA Respect Fair Play Award.

The club lifted its first major trophy in 2004, after scoring a 1-0 victory over FC Gomel in the final of the Belarusian Cup. Their first trophy win provided a solid platform to build from and the following season saw the side achieve their greatest success to date, as they were crowned Premier League champions. In recent years, Shakhtyor have come close to adding a second league title, finishing as league runners up in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Furthermore, the team have represented Belarus in both the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League.

Some of the most significant players to have represented the club over the years include Belarusian internationals, Syarhey Nikiforenka and Alyaksandr Klimenka, as well as current star striker, Dzmitry Asipenka.

Shakhtyor's home matches are held at Stroitel Stadium, which first opened its doors in 1973. The venue underwent renovations in 2006, ahead of the club's first UEFA Champions League campaign. At present, the stadium is able to hold up to 4,200 spectators.